Finance/Business

G4S Security Company workers vote in favour of union representation

Over 89 percent of the votes cast by security guards employed with G4S Security Company were in favour of trade union representation. The secret ballot poll was held on February 19, 2013 at three operational units of G4S in Vieux Fort, Soufriere and Castries.  The process was supervised by Deputy Labour Commissioner Ray Narcisse and Labour Inspectors Glen St. Croix ...

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Allen Chastanet resumes helm of Coco Palm

Coco Palm, Saint Lucia’s award-winning boutique hotel, welcomes back Allen Chastanet as managing director following his service to the government. Resuming his role as managing director which he handed over to his sister, Feolla, in December 2007, Allen will once again be directing the 100-room Rodney Bay Village property. “My focus is on the operational aspect and overseeing our capital ...

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G4S employees vote today

Over 200 cashiers, supervisors, armed and general security guards employed with G4S Security Company will begin voting in a secret ballot poll today, February 19, 2013 from 7 a.m. A three-man mobile operational unit from the Department of Labour including Labour Inspectors, Messrs. Kissinger Smith and Glen St. Croix and Deputy labour Commissioner Ray Narcisse will oversee the process. Several ...

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$100,000 richer, thanks to Digicel’s Share a Smile promotion!

Last week Monday the Digicel team surprised and informed young Ruan Branch that she was the ultimate winner of the Digicel Share a Smile promotion. This postpaid customer received $100,000 as her grand prize and she looks forward to putting that money towards her education. On February 11, 2012, central Castries was a usual hive of activity as its daily ...

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Be romantic this February with Digicel

Love is at the heart of this month’s Digicel Text to Win promotion. February being the month of love is allowing Digicel customers to simply text ‘LOVE’ to 7171 positioning all to have a chance to win a  weekend escape and spa indulgence for you and that special someone. Digicel continues to add an element of surprise for customers by ...

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More employment under multi-million dollar upgrade for Windjammer Landing Resort

The Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort has announced a multimillion dollar upgrade, expected to provide numerous jobs for nationals in both the construction and operation stages. In addition, the project will boost economic development in the country through the vital tourism industry. Managing Director Mark Ozawa says the Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort is pleased for the support of the ...

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Projected economic growth for Saint Lucia

Saint Lucia and other countries in the Caribbean are projected to record modest economic growth between 1-2 percent for 2013, despite the lingering effects of the global financial crisis. President of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) Dr. Warren Smith presented a cautiously optimistic outlook for the region on Friday, February 8, 2013 at the bank`s headquarters in Bridgetown Barbados, advising  ...

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Make a love connection this February with Digicel!

Digicel for the month of February is bringing value to its customers this Valentine with a love connection. The Bigger, Better Network is giving customers the gift of talk with Free after 5, Free weekends, Regional pass and International Bundles. Digicel during this month of love is allowing you to connect with your loved ones locally, regionally and internationally.  Imagine ...

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G4S Security Company employees to participate in union ballot poll

Over 200 cashiers, supervisors, armed and general security guards employed with G4S Security Company will participate in a secret ballot poll on February 19, 2013. The secret ballot poll will facilitate a process that would ultimately determine one way or another a recognition claim submitted on behalf of the security guards to the Department of Labour by the National Workers ...

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A special Valentine’s Day at CIBC FirstCaribbean

Valentine’s Day is the occasion when we show the most appreciation to those who mean a lot to us. For CIBC FirstCaribbean, that means its customers, and this year, CIBC FirstCaribbean customers all across the region are in for an unforgettable Valentine’s Day gift. Managing Director, Customer Service Management & Strategy, Trevor Torzsas, has announced that the bank will be ...

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Protest action averted by union members employed with Saint Lucia Marine Terminals Limited

The National Workers Union (NWU) has temporarily suspended its intended protest ultimatum action by its members employed with Saint Lucia Marine Terminals Limited with operational base in Vieux Fort. The Union, in a previous letter to the company dated February 4, 2013, conveyed the workers intent.  This position was taken because the company failed to compensate workers for retroactive overtime. ...

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Digicel to support the extraordinary Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival 2013

Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts festival will be a truly extraordinary event. Extraordinary in its longevity as this year will mark the 22nd production, extraordinary in its variety as this year, inclusions of St Lucia’s rich musical, creative and cultural heritage will be experienced along with world renowned performers that will grace the stage this year. In June 2008, when ...

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Say I love you in February with a Digicel Samsung!

As the year 2013 continues to unfold, Digicel continues to surprise its customers with exciting new opportunities for being part of the Bigger, Better Network. The month of February is here and Digicel at this time is allowing you to become part of the android family by simply signing up for two months internet service with Digicel and receive 50% ...

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Saint Lucia Mortgage Finance Company hops on the NWU train

Technical and clerical employees of Saint Lucia Mortgage Finance Company Limited will now benefit from trade union representation. A few weeks ago the National Workers Union (NWU) submitted a recognition claim to the Department of Labour on behalf of non-managerial staff employed with the named company. As a result the company made it abundantly clear that it would always respect ...

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NWU and Sunshine Industries at loggerheads; union accuses company of locking out workers

An industrial row is brewing between the management of Sunshine Industries and the National Workers Union (NWU). A few weeks ago the management of the company and officials from the National Workers Union met to deal with a situation where it was established that salary deductions were made from workers pay without authority or mutual consent. Deputy Labour Commissioner Ray ...

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Certificate training programme on small business development centre model

Saint Lucia’s Ministry of Commerce, Business Development, Investment and Consumer Affairs will  be conducting the first phase of a certificate training programme for key business support organizations on the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Model. The training will be undertaken in collaboration with the Organization of American States (OAS) and the University of Texas at San Antonio. This training initiative ...

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Win a weekend getaway from Digicel this February!

Love is at the heart of this month’s Digicel Text to Win promotion. February being the month of love is allowing Digicel customers to simply text ‘LOVE’ to 7171 positioning all to have a chance to win a weekend escape and spa indulgence for you and that special someone. Digicel continues to add an element of surprise for customers by ...

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NWU, Labour Dept. to discuss recognition claim for G4S security guards

Officials from G4S Security and representatives from the National Workers Union (NWU) will meet at the Department of Labour on Thursda, February 7, 2013 at 10 a.m. The parties have been summoned by Deputy Labour Commissioner Ray Narcisse to a pre-poll meeting which will discuss a recognition claim submitted by the National Workers Union on behalf of security guards employed ...

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Digicel dealer receives Entrepreneur of the Year award

Jermile Daniel, the managing director of The Cell, Digicel’s authorized dealer, has received one of the highest accolades at the 2013 Chamber of Commerce Business Awards held at Sandals Grande. Mr. Daniel captured the Entrepreneur of the Year award for his accomplishments as a young business owner. At a time when the telecommunications market was becoming much liberalized and open ...

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Cash-strapped WASCO applies for rate increase

The Water and Sewage Company (WASCO) has applied for a tariff increase via the National Water and Sewage Commission. The National Water and Sewage Commission is an independent regulatory authority, whose mandate is to regulate the water and sewage sector on the island under stipulations of the Water and Sewage Act of 2005. According to Executive Director of the National ...

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ECFH subsidiary recognized as top exporter of services

Bank of Saint Lucia International Limited (BOSLIL), a high-performing subsidiary of the ECFH Group of Companies, has captured the award for Service Exporter of the Year in the 2013 St. Lucia Business Awards. The Service Exporter of the Year Award recognizes an institution which has demonstrated excellence in the trade and export of services. The other two nominees were Accela ...

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Digicel is spreading more smiles in its January shopping spree!

Digicel, The Bigger, Better Network is looking forward to rewarding one customer with an exciting shopping spree valued at EC$5,000. To qualify Digicel customers simply text in the word ‘Shop’ to the short code ‘7171’ for their chance at winning. In true Digicel fashion January’s “Text to Win” delivered a great deal of interactive fun to the players.  Digicel will ...

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NWU and credit union strike deal

Clerical workers employed with Elks Cooperative Credit Union Ltd will, as from January 2013, be working within their first industrial agreement environment. This development is as a result of satisfactory completion of negotiations between the NWU and the financial institution. The agreement makes provisions for a new wage structure based on adjustments and comparative data within the financial sector, along ...

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St. Lucia leads press freedom in the Caribbean

St. Lucia is one of the top-ranked countries in the region and the world for freedom of the press. The island has maintained a good grade in the Global Press Freedom Rankings by the Paris-based Reporters Sans Frontieres (RSF). St. Lucia is ranked number one among the 35 nations in the Americas and 12 worldwide. In the Americas, St. Lucia ...

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Sandals hailed as ‘human resource development champions’ at St. Lucia Business Awards

Sandals Resorts International emerged as the winner of Human Resource Development Excellence at the St. Lucia Business Awards during a red-carpet event over the weekend at Sandals Grande St. Lucian resort. The event, which is held annually by the St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce, recognized a number of companies for their excellence in various areas. SRI Regional Manager for Human ...

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Digicel to launch new Blackberry Z10 smartphone powered by Blackberry 10 across the Caribbean

Wednesday 30th January 2013 –Digicel today announced it will be launching the new BlackBerry® Z10 smartphone powered by BlackBerry® 10 across the Caribbean. The new BlackBerry Z10 is the first smartphone to launch with the re-designed, re-engineered and re-invented BlackBerry 10 platform, offering customers a powerful and unique new mobile computing experience. The BlackBerry Z10 is the fastest and most ...

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Digicel will soon change the life of a lucky customer!

Digicel’s Smile campaign was successfully launched in early November 2012. To date 13 customers have been contacted and presented with their fantastic weekly prizes and in a few days Digicel will surprise one lucky loyal customer with the $100,000 cash prize. When launching this remarkable promotion, Digicel ensured that it was made very easy for every customer to qualify and ...

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LIME to launch new BlackBerry Z10 Smartphone powered by BlackBerry 10 in the Caribbean

Castries, Saint Lucia, January 30 – LIME today announced it will be launching the new BlackBerry® Z10 smartphone powered by BlackBerry® 10 across the region later this year. The new BlackBerry Z10 is the first BlackBerry smartphone to launch with the re-designed, re-engineered and re-invented BlackBerry 10 platform, offering customers a powerful and unique new mobile computing experience. The BlackBerry ...

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SurePay now offering LIME bill payment service

LIME customers will soon have more outlets available to pay their service bills. Thanks to LIME’s partnership with J. E. Bergasse & Company Ltd., the company responsible for SurePay’s service in Saint Lucia, LIME customers will have the option of paying their landline, Internet, LIME TV and postpaid mobile bills at any of 10 business locations across Saint Lucia, starting ...

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NWU reaches new industrial agreement with Sea Island Cotton Shop

The management of Sea Island Cotton Shop and the National Workers Union (NWU) have satisfactorily completed negotiations. Some 50 sales and clerical workers employed with the company at several operational units will benefit from the new industrial agreement. The parties agreed to an 8.5 percent general wage increase spread over three years with 2 percent in Year  One, 3 percent ...

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Bay Gardens Resorts captures award for ‘Marketing Excellence’ at the 2013 St. Lucia Business Awards

Bay Gardens Resorts edged out solid competition from some of St. Lucia’s major business houses to win the award for ‘Marketing Excellence’ at the St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture’s fourth annual ‘St. Lucia Business awards’. The locally owned and managed hotel chain received the honour at a gala award ceremony hosted at the Sandals Grande St. Lucian ...

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Petroleum price change effective Jan. 28, 2013

In keeping with the scheduled review of prices under the modified market pass-through system for fuel, effective Monday, January 28, 2013, the prices of the following fuel products in Saint Lucia will remain unchanged as follows: However, the price of kerosene will increase from $2.72 to $2.77 per litre. Based on the above prices, the government is continuing to subsidize ...

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LIME helps to showcase Saint Lucia Business Awards to the world

The big moment that the local business community has been waiting for is here! The 2013 Annual Saint Lucia Business Awards are on this weekend and, once again, LIME will be helping broadcast the event to viewers in Saint Lucia, St Vincent & the Grenadines, and around the globe. LIME is a major sponsor of the awards, which are held ...

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Saint Lucia: Growth, jobs, opportunities for all top agenda at high-level conference

GROS ISLET, Saint Lucia — Inclusive growth that generates jobs and opportunities for all citizens in Saint Lucia was at the center of a high-level national conference hosted yesterday by the Government at the Bay Gardens Hotel. The conference is part of the Caribbean Growth Forum (CGF), a two-year regional platform for dialogue to foster higher levels of economic growth ...

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758 Shout Outs! with LIME & GVTV

What does it mean to be a Lucian? Here’s your chance to have your say as Saint Lucia prepares to celebrate its 34th Independence Anniversary on February 22. LIME TV in collaboration with Gon Viral TV (LIME channel 27) has launched 758 Shout Outs! – LIME and GVTV, a fabulous new promotion inviting LIME TV customers and fans to create ...

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Plans for NWU conference in full swing

The National Workers Union (NWU) is at an advanced stage of preparation for the holding of its 3rd Triennial Congress of Delegates scheduled for June 2013 at the Conference Room of the Royal Saint Lucian Hotel. The day’s proceedings will commence from 9:30 a.m. under the theme for the Congress which is “Consolidate for Survival”. Over 140 delegates from 81 ...

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St. Lucia to boost business competitiveness and productivity with IDB partnership

The Government of Saint Lucia and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) on Monday, January 21, 2013 signed a financing agreement for the establishment of a National Competitiveness and Productivity Council (NCPC). IDB is providing funding amounting to US$496,200 or EC$1,348,126, while the Government of Saint Lucia is providing US$233,400 or EC$634,124. According to the officials, the objectives of the project ...

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Digicel chairman lauds GATE project

Chairman and founder of the Irish−based telecommunications company, Digicel, Denis O Brien says he supports an initiative by the Antigua and Barbuda government to implement the Government Assisted Technology Endeavour (GATE) programme. Potentially Antigua and Barbuda can become an IT (information technology) hub and it can be the first real holistic sense of an information society in the Caribbean, O ...

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Facing the realities of competitiveness and productivity

Brief remarks at the signing ceremony for the financing agreement between Saint Lucia and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to establish a National Competitiveness and Productivity Council, delivered by Hon. Dr.  Kenny D. Anthony, Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Economic Affairs, Planning & Social Security on January 21, 2013. INTRODUCTION: A TABOO SUBJECT Just a few days ago, I ...

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St. Lucia benefits from more EU assistance

On Thursday, January 17, 2013, the Government of Saint Lucia and the European Union signed a financing agreement for two major projects. The European Union was represented by Ambassador Mikael Barfod, who is the Head of Delegation of the European Union to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean. The Project Brief is as follows: PROJECT 1 Project Title: Support to the ...

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LIAT signs deal with ATR

Regional airline LIAT and aircraft manufacturer ATR have announced they have signed an agreement for the purchase, by the carrier, of three 48-seat ATR-42-600s. The deal also includes options for two 68-seat ATR 72-600, and is valued at over US$ 100 million. The first new aircraft will be delivered to LIAT in June this year. For some time now, the ...

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Digicel surprises four more winners

As Digicel prepares to giveaway $100,000 in cash to its lucky grand prize winner, four more weekly winners in the Digicel Share a Smile promotion received their wonderful prizes. Digicel’s $100,000 giveaway moves into high gear, the additional weekly winners have been selected and notified by Digicel.   These customers became the lucky winners by simply topping up $15 or more, ...

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LIME takes it to the next level with digital TV

Saint Lucia’s and the Caribbean’s leading telecommunication service provider, LIME is moving to shut down its analog cable television network and offer subscribers the full benefits of digital TV in the weeks and months to come LIME TV will switch to 100% digital service and will start a switch-off of its analog service this month. The switch-off will be done ...

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NWU submits proposal to SMJ Beverages St. Lucia Ltd

The National Workers Union (NWU) has submitted a 30-point Memorandum of Proposals to the management of SMJ Beverages St. Lucia Ltd. The proposals, which deal with overall working conditions, will be used as the basis for upcoming negotiations between the company and the National Workers Union. Late last year workers employed with the Vieux Fort and Odsan-based company participated in ...

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Soufriere Sand & Ballast Co. reaches agreement with NWU

Workers within the construction sector employed with Soufriere Sand & Ballast Co. Ltd. will be working with their first industrial agreement. This brings an end to months of negotiations between the company and the National Workers Union (NWU). The new industrial accord which runs from January 2013 will be of three years duration.  Workers will enjoy a seven percent general ...

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LIME recognises long-serving staff

For well over 100 years, by one name or another, LIME has been serving Saint Lucia and the Caribbean. The foundation of that service has been the hard work put in by company’s employees, from service support and delivery to retail, from customer service to finance. Over two dozen of the company’s long-tenured colleagues were rewarded for their commitment and ...

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Correction to VAT Return Form

The Inland Revenue Department would like to inform all VAT Registered Taxpayers that the VAT Returns mailed out for the Tax period December 2012 reflects an incorrect “Assessment Period date.” The VAT Returns are due for the Assessment period December 1 – 31, 2012 and not December 13th as inadvertently stated on the form. The Department would also like to ...

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Digicel warmed many hearts with a smiles during the festive season

As is customary, Digicel continued to deliver good cheer as part of its social responsibility to St. Lucian residents. Compelled by the desire to share tangible rewards with as many persons as possible, the Digicel team continued to share not only SMILES but messages of hope. In keeping with the latest promotion, ‘SMILE’, this year’s hamper distribution ensured that the ...

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Big Sleigh Grand Prize: Delivers even more than imagined!

BOSL’s Big Sleigh Christmas Promotion came to an exciting climax this week with the announcement of the grand prize winner, Kaela Gerald, who won herself a trip to the UK. She qualified by signing-up for Bank of Saint Lucia’s Convenience Banking service which includes mobile and online banking, credit cards and international debit cards, and Swipe on the Go. But ...

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Nominees announced for 2013 St. Lucia Business Awards

Castries, St. Lucia – January 11, 2013 – The St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture today announced the nominees for the 2013 St. Lucia Business Awards scheduled to take place on January 26, 2013 at the Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa and Beach Resort. With a significant increase in submissions over the 2012 awards the judges were able ...

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Digicel giving away $5,000 shopping spree in Castries or Vieux Fort in the January Text to Win promotion

Digicel, The Bigger, Better Network is continuing to reward its customers with exciting ‘Text to Win’ promotions in 2013. This month’s Text to Win requires customers to text the word ‘Shop’ to the short code ‘7171’ for a chance to win a shopping spree either in the North or South of the island valued at EC$5,000 cash. In true Digicel ...

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Dale Carnegie program scheduled for February

The St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture announces its Dale Carnegie Training for 2013. This internationally renowned course in effective communications and human relations has been run successfully since 2004 with immense participation from successful firms including LUCELEC, WLBL, The NIC and M&C Group of companies. This internationally renowned course will enable enrollees to master the skills demanded ...

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ECFH celebrates long-serving employees

Thirty employees of East Caribbean Financial Holding Company Limited (ECFH) were honoured at an official ceremony at the organisation’s head office on Bridge Street on January 9. Employees were recognized for dedication and commitment to the Group, ranging from 10 to 30 year milestones, representing a cumulative total of well over 500 years of service. Gemma Marie, Acting Senior Manager ...

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LIAT apologises for flight cancellations and baggage delays

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, January 09, 2013 – LIAT wishes to apologise to its customers travelling to/from Dominica and St. Vincent  for the inconvenience they have been experiencing due to an increase in cancelled flights and delayed baggage. Over the past two weeks customers travelling to/from Dominica have faced an unusual number of cancellations, especially at nights; while customers travelling to/from ...

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Digicel pledges “bigger and better” things for 2013

With the start of this New Year, 2013, Digicel has promised to continue delivering to its valued customers, the Best value, Best savings and the Best care on the Bigger, Better network. The company has pledged its commitment to these values and is ready, willing and committed in continuing to deliver the best of everything to its customers and exceeding ...

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Courts and NWU agree to wage increase, new pension plan

The management of Unicomer (Courts St. Lucia) Ltd) and the National Workers Union (NWU) have satisfactorily completed negotiations aimed at the establishment of a new industrial agreement. Clerical and sales staff, porters and other employees with the company will benefit from an agreed ten percent general wage increase spread over a three-year period with four percent in year one, four ...

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NWU believes security workers should be properly screened and trained; recognition claims submitted

The National Workers Union (NWU) has submitted three recognition claims to the Department of Labour.  The said claims are on behalf of workers employed with Eastern Caribbean Elevators Ltd., Sharp Eye Security Services and G4S Security Services St. Lucia Ltd. The NWU in its correspondence to the Department has provided all the necessary documentation that would enable it to make ...

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COMMENTARY: TUF backlash – did you know?

Following the precedent set in 2009 to award the Trade Union Federation (TUF) with a 14 percent wage increase by a government less empathetic to their liberal creed, who would have expected TUF to be embroiled with a labour government that is ideologically suited to their objectives? In 2009, TUF, with support from their labour party, refused to give in ...

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St. Lucia pays better than St. Vincent, Dominica and Grenada despite facing common economic challenges

While St. Lucia is facing serious economic challenges like other Caribbean countries, its public sector salaries are among the highest in the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union. In proving his point, Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony compared local public sector salaries to that of St. Vincent, Grenada and Dominica during his national address Sunday night on the financial status of the ...

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Some public servants are being paid more to do less; PM says public service modernization needed urgently

While public service wages are growing at a rapid pace in St. Lucia, productivity has been declining. This is the view of Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Dr. Kenny Anthony during his national address on the state of the economy and wage negotiations for public servants. “To put it more plainly, some persons are being paid more for producing ...

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VAT collections not available for wage increase – PM

Revenues collected from Value Added Tax (VAT), which was officially imposed by government on Oct. 1, 2012, are not adequate to facilitate wage increases for public servants. Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony, in his national address on all television stations Sunday night, said “there has been much talk about the Value Added Tax (VAT) and its impact on revenue. Some ...

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PM calls on everyone to sacrifice and prevent economy from collapsing into debt trap

In his much-anticipated national address on public service wage negotiations and the state of the economy Sunday night, Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony called on St. Lucians to “sacrifice collectively” and for trade unions to fore-go any significant salary increase for 2010-2012, saying any major wage increase will balloon the budget deficit, resulting in cuts in government subsidies and the ...

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